Factory Announces 20/21 Season

September 17, 2020 / 2020-21 Season

Factory Theatre is incredibly proud to announce our 2020/21 Season, The Satellite Season: Canadian Stories in Orbit. An entirely digital season presented free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond, it will feature six World Premieres and one reimagined Canadian classic that embrace and reimagine how theatre is performed in the COVID-19 era.

The world as we know it has changed. It continues to change, and theatr eis no different. Although we cannot gather the way we are used to, Canadian stories are resilient and enduring. As theatre artists, we are trained to respond to challenges with opportunities, with new ways of sharing, shaping, and receiving stories. At the heart of this all-digital season is our commitment to storytelling: no matter how it’s told, a good, compelling story will always transform, heal, reconcile, illuminate.

Nina Lee Aquino, Artistic Director

We kick off the Satellite Season in November with a commissioned World Premiere of David Yee’s an act of faith, directed by Nina Lee Aquino. A solo piece specifically designed to be presented online, Yee brings his trademark command of language and form to a theatrical experience that meets our current moment. Presented live for 6 performances, an act of faith is an intimate work of live digital performance from one of Canada’s most significant playwrights.

Factory begins the new year with the launch of a new audio series, You Can’t Get There From Here, to be released as a pre-recorded podcast over the course of five weeks beginning March 2021. For many of us, the pandemic has altered our understanding of place and our relationship to the city. These five micro-commissions will offer fresh perspectives on Toronto’s many neighbourhoods, forgotten landscapes, and help see the land on which we live and work anew. Vivid audio experiences from five of our country’s most creative minds, audiences can listen to them from the comfort of their own rooms or journey on an urban exploration of their own. Artists to be announced at a later date.

We close the Satellite Season with a radical new interpretation of Don Druick’s critically acclaimed tour de force solo show, Through the Eyes, directed by ahdri zhina mandiela. Produced in the Factory Studio, this production will be live streamed for 6 nights to audiences at home. Through the Eyes is a play about seeing: about new ways of looking at the world, about how we tell stories, and how we see our places within them.

This upcoming season will be presented entirely free of charge to audiences across Canada and beyond thanks to support from the TD Bank Group. Through the TD Ready Commitment, the bank’s global corporate citizenship platform, this support helps enable opportunities for cultural and community connection in a time of social isolation and other hardships presented by COVID-19. With this recent support for the 2020-21 Season, Factory and TD continue to uplift a national cultural dialogue by offering free artistic programming for Canadians from coast to coast and beyond. TD has worked with Factory for a decade to bring Canadian theatre to Toronot audiences, most recently as the founding sponsor of the CrossCurrents Canada presentation series which in two years has brought seven award winning productions from across Canada to Factory’s stages.

This season, you may not be able to be with us in our home at Adelaide and Bathurst, but we’re making damn sure that the Factory you know and love comes to you. Whether live-streamed or podcasted, we’re preparing for this orbit around the sun and asking you to invite us into your homes to bring you the full spectrum of Canadian stories. Until we can connect again in the flesh, let us come to you. This is Factory’s Satellite Season: Canadian Stories in Orbit.

Nina Lee Aquino, Artistic Director

For any media inquiries, please contact Ashley Belmer, B-REBEL Communications, (416) 617-8934, ashley@b-rebelcommunications.com.

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